Julia Haller, Untitled, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 55 1⁄8 × 39 3⁄4".

Julia Haller, Untitled, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 55 1⁄8 × 39 3⁄4".

Julia Haller

Galerie Meyer Kainer

Just when it seemed that we would never emerge from the widespread mild depression caused by two months of lockdown, Julia Haller jolted us awake with her exhibition “Knights.” At long last, a light at the end of the digi-tunnel! The choice of artist for Meyer Kainer’s reopening sent a clear signal: The special qualities of Haller’s work demand a live encounter, which nothing can replace. How else would we feel the energy and rhythm of a hanging or the reverberations of a particular piece, its feedback sound?

“Knights” was the artist’s third solo show at the Viennese gallery. The inception of the works she presented there in 2014 lay in the act of drawing with her left and right hands at the same time; these scrawls were engraved into nonporous Corian panels with a CNC milling machine before the application of paint and iron-oxide pigment. Her second show, in 2017, featured startling samples

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